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Old 07-30-2015, 11:20 PM   #521
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:48 PM   #522
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Just a quick update: I'm definitely getting rid of the propane cooktop in my kitchen. The idea of fire cooking wasn't a big deal, even after the accident, but the other night I was watching a movie and one of the characters started a gas stove and the click-click-click of the starter kind of freaked me out. I can't go back to that, and getting rid of it makes my mother happy. Unfortunately, I can't sell it or give it away. It's been exposed to an explosion and there is also a slight chance that it was the source of the leak that caused my accident, so I'd be liable if anything happened to the new owner ... and I doubt anyone would want to buy it if I tell them it nearly killed me.

So, it looks like electric cooking is in my future and I'm looking at induction cooktops. Provided I use ferrous metal cookware, it heats faster and more efficiently than electric coils or infrared. Plus, it doesn't get too hot and cools quickly, so I can get creative when I design the countertop where it will be used. (I'm thinking of a sliding drawer on the opposite side of the bus, across from the current location.)

In medical news, my right elbow has regained enough range of motion that the surgeon says we can start working on the left side. Surgery is scheduled for the second week of October provided we can get all the other related appointments lined up before then.

Already I'm doing so well that I was able to participate in our local First Friday ArtWalk last week and did quite well for myself, selling a dozen unmounted prints and a few mounted and matted prints. I was very happy that night.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:11 PM   #523
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I have a couple of induction hot plates and love them, although I haven't used them all that much. They do need some room for air circulation, they have a cooling fan with vents in sides and bottom.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:06 PM   #524
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I'll be watching your induction progress with rapt attention (ok, maybe that's a little overboard). I too think induction is appealing. (I'll pack a portable propane camp stove in a storage bay, but would prefer to not use propane most of the time.)

I shopped online for a time and several units on Amazon had a zillion positive reviews. So I read the negative reviews to see whether they had any substance to them. It seemed that everything had a surprisingly small heated zone in the center, so if you put (say) a 10 or 12 inch skillet on then your scrambled eggs would cook in the middle and be runny out around the edges, or pancakes would burn in the center before they're even ready to flip at the outside. Another complaint was that larger diameter cookware like that was often related to overheat shutdowns, making it impossible to actually cook anything. Finally, though many had a large range of heat settings, I got the idea that usually it really only varied from "medium" to "high" and it was difficult if not impossible to get a true "low" heat for a gentle simmer. These were enough to discourage me from even buying one to try it out.

Mostly I searched for "portable induction" because I don't want a full residential 30" wide 4-burner cooktop (neither its size, nor its price!). Maybe that alone put me into the cheap works-but-not-great segment. If you can find a 1 or 2 burner induction unit that has the even large-diameter heating and full-range heat control that gas gives, I'd love to hear about it. I don't have a budget, per se, but I think US$350 is the pain point at which I'd say "ok fine I'll stick with propane."
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:52 AM   #525
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I just saw a induction cook top at sears for $160, single burner.

It had settings from 1 to 10, a lock, and a timer.

Without a pan on top, it shut down in a few seconds.

I'm waiting for a sale before I buy one.

I hope they work out, as I would like to buy 2 or 3. Then I can just have countertop, and stow them away when not needed.

This also allows for modular use of electricity when not connected to shore power. The ability to use multiple 15 amp circuits.

Glad to see your back posting again. I look forward to updates.

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Old 09-11-2015, 09:08 AM   #526
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Yeah, I really like that the induction technology knows when a pot or pan has been removed from the surface. That's pretty neat.

And I may be posting again, but don't expect any bus updates for a while; I'm still mostly unable to handle any power tools and my strength is still way down from what it used to be. Working on it.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:24 PM   #527
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Just knowing your still with us is good enough for me.

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Old 09-11-2015, 10:59 PM   #528
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I would take it, I should also point out my first job out of high school was a gas grill, gas light, gas/wood stove service job and I have rebuilt more of those valves than I can count. PM me if you don't just want to throw it away I'll pay postage.

Not to sound like the mud hippie that I am but, you might look into juicing adding some ginger and turmeric to juices is easy and helps with the joints. Also a good rock oolong tea, it said to be good for the joints in Chinese medicine, personally I just like the taste of them. Keep on getting better.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:24 PM   #529
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I bought a 12" Nuwave Induction Burner on one of those shopping channels almost a year ago now.

I LOVE IT !!!!!!!

I haven't even used my kitchen stove since I got it. It handles a 12" pan with no problem.

It's a NuWave PIC Pro/Titanium. The heating surface is located inside the larger silver ring. It will heat up to a 12 inch pan but from the ring to the end of the pan will take longer to heat up (about an inch & a half from ring to edge of burner)

The temperature range is from 100/low to 575/sear. On the Pro the settings can be increased by 5 degrees and the timer can be set between 1 second up to 99 hours / 60 minutes.

You can also set the timer & temp to cook for X amount of time at 1 temp and automatically change to another temp for another X amount of time. Once the temp is set it will not increase past that & if using the timer will automatically shut itself off after the preset time.

Using this has completely spoiled me and I use it ALL the time. Since I bought it at the time that you could get 2 of the older versions with free goodies for the same price I decided to give it the 30 free trial and see what I thought.

One of the major reasons I went that route is that reviews about the TV 2 for 1 version were all real bad about returns & how much it would cost & blah, blah blah. With the shopping channel I knew from the get go that if I decided to return it after using it for 30 days I would only be charged $6.99 to return it.

As this heats up so fast I can cook 2 or 3 things at a time and serve everything hot.

I even bought the NuWave Oven and the first thing I cooked was a 12 pound turkey on Thanksgiving. In fact with the oven & the burner I was able to cook all of Thanksgiving dinner.

Sorry I took so long here but as you can see, I am sold. I had even bought a propane stove for the bus and before we even got it installed I had completely changed my mind.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:59 AM   #530
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After that testimonial, I looked up the Nuwave and I like it. But based on what I know about my lifestyle and eating habits, I've decided to not buy a replacement cooktop until I've lived in the bus for a few weeks with nothing but the microwave/convection oven. If I find that I cannot live without some other means of burning food on a skillet or in a pot, I will probably get a portable induction unit. We'll see what happens.
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